Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak today extended heartiest welcome to the President of the country Mr. Ram Nath Kovind on landing at the Pathankot Airport.

CHANDIGARH, 10.06.22-On behalf of the Punjab Government, the Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Forest Minister Mr. Lal Chand Kataruchak today extended heartiest welcome to the President of the country Mr. Ram Nath Kovind on landing at the Pathankot Airport. The President afterwards left for Himachal Pradesh in a helicopter.

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CM ANNOUNCES TO START SUPER LUXURIOUS BUSES TO NEW DELHI AIRPORT SAYS GRAVE OF TRANSPORT MAFIA HAS BEEN DUG

PLEDGES TO RESTORE PRISTINE GLORY OF STATE

Chandigarh, June 10: Digging the grave of Transport mafia in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday announced to start super luxurious Volvo buses to New Delhi airport from Punjab on June 15th.

“We have got the mandate of people to serve the state by eliminating mafia. Our government has already curbed liquor mafia through our New Excise policy and today I am happy to announce that now transport mafia will also be a thing of past”, said the Chief Minister while announcing starting of Volvo buses.

The Chief Minister bemoaned that for decades only private transporters had run their buses on this route and looted the people by charging as per their own whims and fancies. He said that these people monopolised the trade and exploited the people. Bhagwant Mann said that number of NRIs who came to Punjab from abroad had always complained him that why only private players have the right to ply buses on this route and why not government buses are running on them.

The Chief Minister said that now ending the transport mafia the pro-people government of Punjab will run these super luxurious buses that will charge less than half of private transporters and give double facilities than them. He said that the booking of these buses can be easily done from websites of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS. Likewise, Bhagwant Mann said that the time table of these buses, to and fro, will also be available on these websites.

Vowing to restore the pristine glory of the state, the Chief Minister said that Punjab will be soon a front ranking state in the country. He said that gone are the days when taxpayer’s money was plundered by the leaders and deposited in banks but now this money will be judiciously use for welfare of common man. Bhagwant Mann further sought support and cooperation from people to ensure holistic development of state.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL MINING, DAMAGING PLANTATION AT FOREST LAND IN CHAMKAUR SAHIB

— JCB MACHINE & POCLAIN MACHINE BEING USED FOR ILLEGALLY EXCAVATING SAND ALSO RECOVERED

CHANDIGARH, June 10:With the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has adopted a zero tolerance policy against the illegal mining, the Rupnagar Police have arrested a man for illegally excavating sand from the notified Forest land in Jindapur village in Chamkaur Sahib.

The arrested accused identified as Iqbal Singh, a resident of Salahpur village was also accused of damaging plantation carried out by the Forest Department under the Punjab Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (PUNCAMPA) programme of the state government. Moreover, sections of the Indian Forest Act and Forest (Conservation) Act were enforced on this Forest Land.

The Police have also impounded a JCB Machine and a Poclain Machine, which was being used by the accused to carry out illegal mining.

The development came a few days after the Vigilance Bureau arrested the former Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot for his involvement in organised corruption pertaining to the issuance of permits for cutting of Khair trees, transfer of officials, purchases, and issuance of NOCs etc.

The Forest Range Officer Chamkaur Sahib in the FIR stated that Iqbal Singh along with some unidentified persons was indulged in illegal mining at Government’s Forest land at Jindapur village and have been illegally excavating sand using Tippers and Poclain Machines. “When staff from the Forest Department tried to intervene and halt the illegal mining, accused persons terming the forest land as owned by them denied to stop illegal mining,” the FIR reads.

Pertinently, illegal mining was being carried out in the constituency of the then Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and that too, during his tenure.

Meanwhile, the First Information Report (FIR) under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 21 (1) and 4 (1) of the Mines and Minerals (Regulation of Development) Act was registered at Police Station Chamkaur Sahib on the complaint of Forest Range Officer Chamkaur Sahib.

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CM SEEKS SUPPORT FROM CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO NAB GANGSTERS OPERATING FROM CANADA

BATS FOR DIRECT TIE UP BETWEEN PUNJAB AND CANADA POLICE TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM OF GANGSTERS

Chandigarh, June 10: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today sought support from Canada government for nabbing the gangsters operating from Canadian soil.

The Chief Minister flagged the issue with Canadian High Commissioner Cameron Mackay, who called on the former at his residence on Friday.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over the mushrooming up of gangs and gangsters in both the countries. Bhagwant Mann informed the Canadian High Commissioner that gangsters operating from Canadian soil are disturbing hard earned peace of state. He said that these gangsters create law and order problem on one hand and derail the progress of the state on other hand.

Advocating a harsh punitive action against the gangsters, Bhagwant Mann said that they should be punished under severest of severe provisions of law so that it acts as deterrent for others. The Chief Minister, while batting for joint Police operation between Canada and Punjab, said that it is the only way which can free both these lands from gangsters. He apprised the High Commissioner that Punjab Police has a glorious tradition of upholding law and order situation even in hostile situations adding that if advanced Police force like Canada cooperates with Punjab Police then these gangs can be weeded out from easily.

The Chief Minister asked the Canadian High Commissioner to explore the feasibility of having a direct tie up between Punjab and Canada Police so that gangsters can be put behind the bars. He said that this is need of the hour as gangsters and their actions are posing serious threat to life, economy and society in both Canada and Punjab. Bhagwant Mann expressed hope that the Canada and Punjab will script a new success story with this robust cooperation.

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TAPPING THE POTENTIAL: PSDM LAUNCHES UNIQUE PROGRAM FOR DRUG ABANDONED YOUTH

Chandigarh, June 10-To save the youth from drug addiction and help them to make their fortune better, the Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) has launched a special Skill Training program in the Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centres by initiating this program from Rehabilitation Center in Ferozepur.

Disclosing this here today, Mission Director PSDM Deepti Uppal informed that Mission has chalked out three month skill training program for 30 such youth to train as plumber in order to make them employable and include them into mainstream of society. She further informed that officials of PSDM held meeting with youth at OOAT Centre in this regard and the task of training had been given to M/s Lord Ganesh Institute of Management and Technology, Ferozepur. All 30 trained youth have now been placed in district as plumbers; some of them get jobs, while others are self employed.

To provide further assistance to these youth, Mission Director said that PSDM has also provided special kits for plumbing purposes to make them empowered through constructive steps for their better future. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Ferozepur Ms. Amrit Singh distributed these kits to 30 such drug addicts after completion of their skill courses.

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RANJIT SAGAR LAKE IN PATHANKOT TO BE DEVELOPED AS WORLD CLASS TOURIST DESTINATION: CS

• Bhagwant Mann Govt organises Investor Summit in New Delhi to invite private players to invest in tourism projects in punjab

Chandigarh, June 10:With an aim to further enhance and promote tourism to put Punjab on Global map, the Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann led Punjab Government is all set to develop Ranjit Sagar Lake in Pathankot as an International Standard Tourism Destination.

Taking a step towards making Punjab as the tourist attraction spot, the Punjab Government, on Friday, has organised an Investor Summit in New Delhi to extend an invitation to the Private sector to invest in the Tourism and other sectors in the State.

While special focus was laid on the development of Ranjit Sagar Lake as an International Tourist Destination, various other projects having the potential to be developed as Tourist spots were also showcased during the Summit. Other projects include Darbar Hall and Gol Kothi in Kapurthala, Sangrur Kothi in Sangrur, Amritsar & Mohali Convention Centres, Shahpur Kandi Fort etc.

Surrounded by lush greenery and hills, this critically juxtaposed site spans across 74.76 acres along Ranjit Sagar Lake has a great tourism potential as it is located enroute to Dalhousie, and is in vicinity to Dharamshala, Palampur, Chamba and Vaishno Devi, Katra, all very famous tourist destinations.

Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Anirudh Tewari, while presiding over the function said that the Ranjit Sagar Lake in Pathankot will be developed as state-of-the-art tourist destination on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode for which the State Government has already obtained Environment Clearance and Stage-1 Forest Clearance to develop.

He said that with Punjab having a rich and diverse natural landscape, it is envisaged to unlock this potential for the citizens and assist them in appreciating and conserving natural resources. "This shall not only preserve & conserve the natural heritage but also trigger other ancillary development & employment generation for the local community," he added.

The Chief Secretary said that the Punjab Government under the visionary leadership of CM Bhagwant Mann intends to develop a strong economic base with a special initiative on promoting sustainable tourism. "Punjab Chief Minister recently reviewed the projects and directed to identify and initiate various tourism projects across the State. In furtherance of this initiative, the Government has organised this Investor Summit," he said.

While extending an invitation to investors to invest in Punjab, Mr. Anirudh Tewari, also briefed them about the 'Ease of Doing Business' policy adopted by the state which provides hassle-free Single Window Clearance to the investors besides giving them Investment incentives.

Renowned organisations in the Tourism sector including ITC Hospitality, Taj, Mahindra Holidays, Marriot, Hyaat, Park, CGH Earth and many other players participated in the event.

Addressing the extinguished representatives of tourism sector, Principal Secretary Tourism and Cultural Affairs Mr. Tejveer Singh said that the vision of the state government to develop ecological sensitive tourist destinations by actively supporting ‘Responsible Tourism’ in the State. The majestic beauty of the Ranjit Sagar Lake has an immense potential for tourism and eco-resort, adventure & water sports and other activities would be the attraction for the tourists, he added.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (GoI) Mr. Rakesh Kumar Verma, Principal Secretary Housing & Urban Development Mr. Ajoy Kumar Sinha, Managing Director, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) Mr. Mohammad Tayyab, Additional Managing Director PIDB Mr. Yashanjit Singh, Additional CEO Invest Punjab Mr. Uma Shankar Gupta and Advisor Tourism Department Punjab Mr. Shivdular Singh Dhillon were among the prominents who were present on the occasion.

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PUNJAB GOVERNMENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH REGIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICE OF WASHINGTON DC ORGANISES WORKSHOP FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

— SOON, TEACHERS WILL BE FREED FROM NON-TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES, ASSURES PUNJAB EDUCATION MINISTER

Ludhiana/Chandigarh, June 10:Following the commitment of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to provide quality education, a one day Workshop was organised for English Teachers by Regional English Language Office (RELO), Washington DC. The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Punjab Government and Department of School Education at Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana on Thursday.

As many as 320 teachers of subjects including English and Social Studies from across the Punjab participated in the workshop.

The training session was graced by the decorous presence of Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer and Principal Advisor to Director Education GNCT of Delhi Shailendra Sharma. Dr Praveen Chaudhary, OSD to Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Education, Delhi along with Director SCERT Dr. Maninder Sarkaria, Assistant Director Rajesh Bhardwaj, Assistant Director Gurjeet Singh, State Resource Person Chander Shekhar also present on the occasion.

Regional English Language Officer at Regional English Language Office, American Embassy Ruth Goode, Regional English Language Specialist at Regional English Language Office American Embassy Shweta Khanna and Mentor Teacher and English Language Teacher at Directorate of Education GNCT of Delhi Manu Gulati termed the workshop as a very subjective and quality interactive session with the students and teachers.

Ms. Ruth Goode (RELO), while addressing the workshop, brought in her rich Global experience to captivate the minds of the teachers by focussing on the importance of use of English in the language classrooms.

Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer lent an attentive ear to the grave problems being faced by the teachers in their respective schools and assured them an immediate solution in the times to come.

He appreciated the stupendous efforts made by the teachers for the overall progress and development of the students.

The minister, while exhorting teachers to keep their focus only on teaching, assured them that soon, they will be freed from all the non-teaching tasks.

Mr. Meet Hayer also promised to measure out and grasp all possible ideas and methodologies from foreign countries if ever needed, to bring Quality Education in Punjab.

The Education Minister also said that no teacher would be forced to show farcical results and only actual/genuine results would be considered. He assured that they would be freed from all types of undue pressures

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PUNJAB VIDHAN SABHA SPEAKER CONGRATULATES HARMANPREET ON BECOMING CAPTAIN OF INDIAN WOMEN CRICKET TEAM

Chandigarh, June 10: Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan, on Friday, congratulated Harmanpreet Kaur on becoming captain of Indian women cricket team.

Extending heartiest greetings to Harmanpreet and her family, the Speaker said that the daughter of Moga city of Punjab brought laurels for the state and made her parents proud, adding that "Punjab's daughters are shining in each sphere of the life."

He said that Harmanpreet Kaur's achievement will inspire other daughters of the state to excell in sports arena. The contribution of women-hood is very important for the progress of the society, said the Speaker, adding that clinching a tag of becoming the first Indian woman cricketer to score a century in an international Twenty20 match, Harmanpreet has achieved a lot while representing the Indian team, for which she has been bestowed with the coveted Arjuna Award.

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PUNJAB POLICE RECOVERS 2KG HEROIN FROM MOGA; THREE HELD

MORE STRICT ACTION PLANNED IN COMING DAYS TO ELIMINATE DRUG MAFIA

Chandigarh/Moga, June 10: With the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has intensified the vigil against drug smugglers, Punjab Police on Friday have arrested three drug smugglers after recovering 2 Kg heroin from their possession during checking at Tharaj PS Baghapurana in Moga.

Those arrested have been identified as Jaswant Singh alias Kala and Sukhchain Singh alias Sonu, both residents of Daulewala and Satnam Singh alias Sonu of village Laatianwala in Kapurthala. Accused Jaswant and Sukhchain have already been facing criminal cases under NDPS act. The Police have also recovered a white colour Maruti Ciaz car bearing registration number PB09AB4970 from the accused persons.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Moga Gulneet Singh Khurana, while addressing a press conference, said that under an ongoing special drive against drugs, CIA Staff of Moga had received a tip-off that the trio accused persons are travelling with high quantity of heroin from Bhagta Bhai Ka to Baghapurana. Acting promptly, the police teams immediately laid a Naka at Bhagta Bhai Ka road in village Thraj, he added.

He said that, during checking, the police team stopped the White Ciaz car and recovered 2kg heroin from the possession of trio accused persons, who were travelling in the car.

The SSP said that further investigations are on and more recoveries and arrests are expected to be made soon.

Meanwhile, FIR no. 120 dated June 10, 2022 has been registered under sections 21/61/85 of the NDPS Act at Police Station

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Department of Health & Family Welfare, Punjab

Media Bulletin COVID-19

10th June 2022 (05:00 PM)

Sr.No.

Description

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Total Samples taken

684111

19672980

2

Total No. of patients tested Positive

1530

760603

3

No. of patients discharged

1405

742655

4

Total Deaths reported

8

17754

5

Sample collected on the day

9717

6

Test conducted on the day

9599

7

Positive cases on the day

55

8

Number of active Cases

194

9

No. of Patients on oxygen support

6

10

Patients at critical care Level-3 facilities

3

11

Patients who are critical and on ventilator support

1

12

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

2

13

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

218644

14

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

12

15

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 1st dose

1117371

16

Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

30

17

Total Healthcare Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

210280

18

Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

93

19

Total Frontline Workers vaccinated with 2nd dose

1013014

20

Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

722

21

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 1st dose

8318715

22

Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

9153

23

Total Above 45 Vaccinated with 2nd dose

7335211

24

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1819

25

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

12570879

26

18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

18468

27

Total 18-44 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

10008543

28

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

645

29

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

1079998

30

15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose on the day

2510

31

Total 15-17 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose

729970

32

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose on the day

1213

33

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 1st dose

585339

34

12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nddose on the day

3702

35

Total 12-14 years age group Vaccinated with 2nd dose

301025

36

Precautionary dose given on the day

6641

37

Total Precautionary dose given

674993

38

Total Vaccination 1st dose on the day

2555

39

Total Vaccination 2nd dose on the day

27744

40

Total Vaccination 1st and 2nd dose on the day

30299

On 10th June 2022

1.

Number of New patients admitted in ICU

1

(Jalandhar-1)

2.

Number of New patients put on ventilator support

Nil

3.

Number of New patients discharged

18

(Bathinda-2, Faridkot-2, FG. Sahib-2, Jalandhar-1, Kapurthala-4, Moga-1, Patiala-2, SAS Nagar-4)

4.

Number of New deaths reported

Nil

Patients reported Positive on 10th June 2022 - 55

District

Number of Cases

Positivity

Case

Details

Remarks

SAS Nagar

22

6.08%

22 New Cases

362 Samples Tested

Ludhiana

9

0.39%

9 New Cases

2298 Samples Tested

Patiala

7

2.21%

7 New Cases

317 Samples Tested

Amritsar

6

0.63%

6 New Cases

957 Samples Tested

Jalandhar

4

0.32%

4 New Cases

1256 Samples Tested

Bathinda

2

0.69%

2 New Cases

288 Samples Tested

Gurdaspur

2

0.70%

2 New Cases

285 Samples Tested

Faridkot

1

0.83%

1 New Case

120 Samples Tested

FG Sahib

1

0.44%

1 New Case

226 Samples Tested

Tarn Taran

1

0.15%

1 New Case

660 Samples Tested

Barnala

0

0.00%

Nil

138 Samples Tested

Fazilka

0

0.00%

Nil

10 Samples Tested

Ferozepur

0

0.00%

Nil

99 Samples Tested

Hoshiarpur

0

0.00%

Nil

341 Samples Tested

Kapurthala

0

0.00%

Nil

191 Samples Tested

Malerkotla

0

0.00%

Nil

27 Samples Tested

Mansa

0

0.00%

Nil

232 Samples Tested

Moga

0

0.00%

Nil

359 Samples Tested

Muktsar

0

0.00%

Nil

222 Samples Tested

Pathankot

0

0.00%

Nil

108 Samples Tested

Ropar

0

0.00%

Nil

350 Samples Tested

Sangrur

0

0.00%

Nil

618 Samples Tested

SBS Nagar

0

0.00%

Nil

135 Samples Tested

On the Day Punjab

55

0.57%

Cumulative Cases: -

S. No.

District

Total Confirmed Cases

Total Cured

Total Deaths

Total Active Cases

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

From 1st April 2022

Till Date

1

Ludhiana

205

109981

180

107669

3

2282

30

2

SAS Nagar

437

96126

367

94900

1

1149

77

3

Jalandhar

143

78413

120

76820

0

1578

15

4

Patiala

231

62262

217

60789

0

1457

16

5

Amritsar

91

59488

87

57795

0

1682

11

6

Bathinda

60

50928

55

49833

0

1088

7

7

Hoshiarpur

62

40902

67

39799

0

1096

7

8

Gurdaspur

22

26961

21

26094

1

865

2

9

Pathankot

50

24582

50

24083

0

495

4

10

Fazilka

28

23426

41

22880

0

545

1

11

Muktsar

13

22567

12

22022

0

539

6

12

Kapurthala

40

22075

38

21490

1

583

2

13

Ropar

35

17973

30

17513

0

455

5

14

Ferozepur

19

17918

19

17379

0

537

2

15

Mansa

6

17234

5

16841

1

393

0

16

Faridkot

33

16816

34

16475

0

338

3

17

Sangrur

0

14309

1

13574

0

735

0

18

SBS Nagar

21

13423

25

13013

0

409

1

19

FG Sahib

13

11847

12

11492

0

354

1

20

Moga

7

10995

9

10740

1

255

0

21

Tarn Taran

6

10904

3

10508

0

394

2

22

Barnala

7

7504

12

7155

0

349

0

23

Malerkotla

1

3969

0

3791

0

176

2

Total

1530

760603

1405

742655

8

17754

194